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Powerful and customisable formatting clearance.
Text Cleaner is essentially a much more sophisticated version of the ‘clear formatting’ command which allows the user to preserve things like italics and bold. It also removes line breaks, multiple spaces and other annoying features often present in text copied from elsewhere. This leaves headings and paragraphs that conform to the document’s styles.

**Important**

1. Paragraph-level attributes such as line spacing and indent are only cleared when entire paragraphs are selected.

2. Text Cleaner replaces line breaks with spaces. This splits words in half if they contain a line break mid-word. This is unavoidable.

3. Line breaks in copied text are often actually paragraph breaks, so be sure to select this option if line breaks remain after cleaning.

4. The options to remove various annoyances are based on complicated scripting. It is recommended that the user disables these when they are not needed to make the add-on run more efficiently.

5. Removing links also removes underlining in any selected text, even if that text is not a link. This is an idiosyncrasy of Google App Scripts. This is why Text Cleaner will not allow you to select both ‘preserve underling’ and ‘remove links’.

6. Text Cleaner does not remove highlighting/background colour from list bullets or numbers. This has to be done manually where it exists.
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Alexander Romero [STUDENT]
May 14, 2021
The remove links feature doesn't work...
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Steve Campbell
April 10, 2021
Apparently no one supports this software. All links go to 404 pages or get Privacy Warnings from Chrome. Does NOT remove links from a Docs file in any case, at least not for me. Why is this app in the marketplace?
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Chris Cooper
April 9, 2021
I was so hoping this would allow me to replace newlines with double newlines. But no. So I tried the Learn more link, but this was a 404 bad URL So I clicked to report the issue, but this was also a 404 bad URL. It did work to do basic cleaning for sure, but my experience was the lack of valid links to learn more, or report issues, which loses confidence in something that is otherwise a good add on.
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Caspian Braeckman
March 12, 2021
I more or less only use this for the "smarten quotes" feature, which works flawlessly every time.
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Jersey Comer
March 9, 2021
cool thanks and great reviews.🤠
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Colin Leonard
March 6, 2021
Does this work on Android?
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kentigar
March 1, 2021
Be sure to reload page before trying to use this app. Only good for cleaning citations imo. If you have different spacings in the same document (like a dissertation), you will lose everything and it becomes single-spaced. I used "Remove links and underlining" to clean up Paperpile issues and then had to return to redo the underlining.
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Mohamad Gholami
January 19, 2021
This app is a life-saver if you deal with text that has to be cleaned. I use it to remove tabs, spaces, broken lines, ...
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Samson Assefa
December 13, 2020
Samson Assefa Gebrehiwot
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Mandi Phillips
December 10, 2020
Working Great! Thank you!!! Needed this very badly.
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